In Defenders #2, with Luke Cage poisoned by Diamondback, Jessica Jones rushes to the Night Nurse, Linda Carter, to check on her husband. Black Cat herself delivered him to the clinic. Luke is saved by an antidote brought by Blade, the Vampire Hunter. Luke Cage is still out of action, but he will survive.
Meanwhile, Iron Fist checks in on Wilson Fisk, the “former” Kingpin of Crime, for information on Diamondback. Daredevil checks an angle with Ben Urich from the Daily Bugle.
Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist all manage to locate Diamondback’s hideout and ambush the would-be kingpin.
This comic is exactly why I love all four of these characters, as well as Brian Michael Bendis‘s work. It’s fast-paced, fun, and full of good one-liners. Jessica Jones’ tenacity is on full display as she viciously hunts the man who almost killed her husband.
The meeting between Danny Rand and Wilson Fisk is particularly tense. It’s really cool, as Danny manages to browbeat even the mighty Wilson Fisk into helping him find Diamondback.
The final action scene in Defenders #2 is awesome, with the three active heroes tearing through Diamondback’s men and taking on the man himself. Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones all get to show off their talents here. Iron Fist lands a shockwave punch, Daredevil has his martial arts talent on display, and Jessica breaks half of Diamondback’s face.
This is all brought to life by the talented David Marquez, who, with the help of skilled colorist Justin Ponsor, delivers the same noir look of the first issue. A lot of this book is quite dark and moody, even with the humor. The characters look awesome, expressive, and imposing. The fight scene in Diamondback’s hangout has a purple tint that adds a nice touch.
This is quickly becoming one of Marvel’s best comics on the stand. The dialogue is witty, the characters are well represented, and the action is fast and frequent. The pacing does make the comic feel like it comes and goes fairly quickly, but that aside, it is well worth your time and money. It’s a fantastic read.
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